Trail of the Unknown Soldier

A new route was opened in the Bunker Museum in Virolahti in autumn 2018. The route’s theme was the Unknown Soldier film by Aku Louhimies, which was partly filmed in Virolahti. There are pictures and famous quotes along the path. You will also learn about the Salpa Line bunkers and anti-tank obstacles.

A map of the path is in progress and will be available at the Bunker Museum. You can load the map and description here: Trail of the Unknown Soldier, description.pdf

Departure point: We recommend that you start from the Bunker Museum at Vaalimaantie 1318, 49960 Ala-pihlaja or halfway through the route at Salpaparkki (Salpalinjantie, close to exit no. 86 of the E18).

 You can go in either direction, but we recommend the counterclockwise route.

Length: 4.6 km Average duration 2–3 hours

Available: Not maintained in winter.

Suitability: The route is suitable for hiking.  The eastern half of the trail is somewhat heavier going in the woods. The western half is easier. Suitable for anyone in normal condition. Not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Children must be accompanied. The western part is also suitable for mountain biking.

Signposting: The trail is marked with light blue signs on the trees along the way. Poles painted light blue have been placed to show the way on more open terrain. Things worth seeing: On the eastern half of the trail, there are eight information boards based on the film, Unknow Soldier. On the northern part of the trail are three reinforced concrete bunkers, and on the western side are several points related to the fortifications on the Salpa Trail.

Services: The Bunker Museum has a café, toilet, barbecue area and parking area.

Note: We recommend waterproof footwear during wet times of the year. You will need a torch or light in the bunker. Be careful not to knock yourself while in the bunker, or to fall off the roof. Take special care when moving around in the bunker. Danger of injury or falling. Do not let children into the bunkers without supervision.